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    The world of Robert Altman : Auteur, Innovator and Iconoclast
    (Dublin Business School, 2016) Durack, Sean; Taylor, Barnaby
    Filmmaker Ron Mann’s recent documentary Altman (2014), features interviews with various notable filmmakers and actors who worked with Robert Altman over the years. Mann said that people who come to see his documentary “just to see Bob’s films” then he has done his job. Mann also more poignantly said that “Altman was America’s greatest filmmaker and that his work matters more than ever now because it stands in contrast to all the sequels that Hollywood makes to sell lunch boxes”. (Gilbey, 2015)1 This quote encapsulates what Robert Altman stood for as a film director in that it illustrates his innovative approaches to filmmaking, his maverick tendencies and individuality. His vision, creativity and independence are a testament to his influential legacy which continues to inspire film makers today. Author keywords: Altman, film noir, satire, anti-western, ensemble, mystery, Hollywood and Studio System
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    There and back again : the production of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth
    (Dublin Business School, 2016) McDonnell, Sinead; Taylor, Barnaby
    After the quite recent releases of The Hobbit films, much attention has been brought back to The Lord of the Rings series- reigniting many fans love of the franchise and introducing many more new ones. In this dissertation I will look into Peter Jackson’s journey from his more humble splatstick beginnings to the colossal task of bringing Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life. The dissertation will focus on examining the huge production and sheer level of detail, with particular emphasis on the scale of the design and digital aspects that went into The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). As well as finally briefly looking into the production of Jacksons latest adaption’s of The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of Five Armies (2014). Author keywords: Production, design, digital, CGI, effects, Middle Earth, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Peter Jackson, New Zealand, Weta
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    Terence Davies : the architect of memories
    (Dublin Business School, 2016) Witkowska, Natalia; Taylor, Barnaby
    In this work, I will introduce Davies’ work and position within British and European context. Analyse his films in regards to his cinematic reconstruction of memories. Look at his utilisation of music in order to evoke specific period of time and also its function as catalyst for a shift between recollections. Examine architecture and the landscape as construct related to fluid spacial-temporal correlation and how the spaces in Davies’ films function as confinements for memories and holders for a symbolic meaning. Consider how he interprets remembered time as coexisting with the presence, the filmic time as inherently connected to memory logic and how it’s exploited in his cinema. I will analyse above components in order to draw an overview of how Davies’ memories are constructed on a level that proven to be successful. Author keywords: Terence Davies, memories, experimental narrative
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    The films of John Huston and Humphrey Bogart and their impact on American Cinema
    (Dublin Business School, 2016) O'Murchu, Kevin; Taylor, Barnaby
    This dissertation will cover John Huston’s early work as a writer and his life before becoming a filmmaker. It will also cover Humphrey Bogart’s early stage career and his move into Hollywood cinema and his evolution into becoming a leading man. I will also talk in depth about the pairs first film, The Maltese Falcon (1941). I will briefly look at Huston’s service in the army during World War II and how Bogart became one of Hollywood's biggest stars after Casablanca (1942). This dissertation will discuss in depth The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Key Largo both released in 1948. It will focus on The African Queen (1951), a film which Bogart won his only Academy Award and also the pairs last collaboration Beat the Devil (1954). I will conclude by looking at the influence they had as well as the career 1 they had after working with each other and where the pair fit in the history of American cinema.
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    An insight into the works of Noah Baumbach
    (Dublin Business School, 2016) Oliver, Isabel; Taylor, Barnaby
    This dissertation focuses on the work of Noah Baumbach over the last 20 years, concentrating on his use of aesthetic and sociological techniques. In order to fully appreciate his work, it is necessary to look back at those directors who have inspired his films. Firstly, I will look at the filmmakers’ use of New York City as a backdrop and a central character. In particular, I will focus on directors Martin Scorsese (Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976), John Cassavetes (Shadows (1959), Faces (1968) and Woody Allen (Manhattan (1979), Annie Hall (1977), analysing their use of technology, dialogue and location. I will then examine their influence on director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha (2012), Mistress America (2015), as he incorporates ‘real life’ elements into the majority of his narratives. In doing so, I will highlight the director’s union of past and present film techniques, while exploring several contemporary practices found today. Author keywords: Youth, journey, adulthood, New York